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I'm interested in timeseries of numbers of owned dogs, cats, and possibly other pets (alligators, anyone?) for a wide cross-section of countries of the world. Primary focus is on the US.

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Commercial Source:

You can get what you need for the US from this publication. But it is copyrighted material and expensive (~$300).

The all-new 2012 edition of the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook is the largest, most statistically accurate and complete survey of the pet owning public and pet population demographics. Drawn from a national survey of over 50,000 households, the survey results are presented alongside the results from similar surveys dating back to 1987, illustrating long-term trends.

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Statistics/Pages/Market-research-statistics-US-Pet-Ownership-Demographics-Sourcebook.aspx

Free (but Coarse):

The US Census publishes some very coarse information on pet ownership, but if you look where the data comes from it is the same source (American Veterinary Medical Association)

https://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1241.pdf

The Human Society has some coarse data as well:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html

The BLS has some coarse data as well:

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/pdf/spending-on-pets.pdf

Public Datasets:

Austin, TX - animal intake:

https://data.austintexas.gov/dataset/2011-Animal-Intake-Report-Cats-and-Dogs-Exclusivel/wrwk-skv6

Colorado - animal intake:

https://data.colorado.gov/Agriculture/2011-PACFA-Shelter-Intake-Statistics/qv2q-ek3a

Weatherford, TX - animal intake:

http://www.weatherfordtx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1469

Adelaide, Australia - dog registration:

http://data.sa.gov.au/dataset?tags=dog+ownership&tags=city

New Zealand - Dog Control Statistics

https://data.govt.nz/dataset/show/3282

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